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Video Gait Analysis by The Run Company, for runners and walkers

19-Jun-2018

If you are wondering where to get video gait analysis near Chichester in Sussex, The Run Company has you covered. I’ll chat a bit about why you might want to have your foot gait assessed, how it works and how we work for you to get the right shoe, be it for running or walking.

If you don’t know anything about Gait Analysis, it is free service offered by The Run Company when you go on to buy a pair of shoes. Our aim is to get the right shoe for you so that you become a happy, valued customer. The analysis involves listening to you to understand your shoe needs, from beginner to expert, checking various aspects of your feet, including a slow motion video barefoot and then recommendations of shoes that will work for you, with follow-on videos in the shoes to ensure they performing as expected.

Sometimes customers come to us after buying an off-the-shelf shoe without advice, because they are getting various aches and pains. To give you a better idea of why getting us to do a gait analysis with you is beneficial, in the image below you can see where a customer has fitted themselves in an inappropriate shoe.

Video Gait Analysis 01

That shoe is allowing the foot to move laterally, rolling the ankle excessively - the sole of the foot is not even aimed flat at the floor any more. This amount of movement is generally referred to as over-pronation. Pronation is a natural function of the ankle, but when the foot does not have enough strength to control it, the sheer range of repeated motion required while walking and running can lead to injury, not just in the foot, but further up too. For example, as can be seen in the same picture, the knees are forced inwards towards each other, putting unnecessary tension on the inside of the knee and compression on the outside of the knee.

Now, let’s see an example below where are more suitable shoe has been fitted us advised by us:

Video Gait Analysis 02

In this shoe, you can immediately see that the knee is no longer being unnaturally forced inwards and the sole of the foot is coming down flat against the floor. The stresses being placed on muscles and tendons in the foot and knee are reduced in comparison to the previous shoe.

Now that you can see why this is useful, here’s how we will look after you. Firstly we will talk with you to understand what you will be using the shoes for, be it walking or running, on or off-road, and how many miles a week you are doing or intend to do - we love helping people get started with new exercise goals, getting you in the right shoe from the beginning.

You will then walk or run briefly on the treadmill so we can video your legs for a few seconds. Initially this is barefoot so we can see how legs and feet work unshod. Based on this slow motion footage, we will bring you a suitable shoe in a few different sizes so we can be sure what size you are.

Video Gait Analysis 03

We’ll repeat the slow-motion video capture whilst wearing the shoes - if this is your first pair of running shoes, you might want to ask to buy a new pair of technical socks to wear at this point. If you already have lots of technical socks at home, we can provide you with a try-on pair.

Once we’ve checked that the shoe is working as expected, we’ll normally provide you with alternative suitable options so that you can figure out which one you find the most comfortable, again running in them on the treadmill.

We can also offer you advice on replacement insoles, be it just for comfort or for various levels of support under the arch, insoles for flat feet, or even custom-molded insoles to match the shape of your foot.

Video Gait Analysis 04

If you have any questions or would like to get your gait analysed and buy a pair of shoes, please pop into the store and we will be happy to help.